Abom language

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Region Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
15 (2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 aob
Glottolog abom1238[2]

Abom is a nearly extinct language spoken in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. According to a 2002 census, only 15 people still speak this language, all elderly.

It appears to be the most divergent Tirio language. Its lexical similarity with other Tirio languages is 14% with Bitur, 12% with Baramu, 11% with Makayam, and 9% with Were.

All of the speakers are older adults. Middle-aged adults have some understanding of it, but no children speak or understand Abom.


  1. ^ Abom at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Abom". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 


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